Museum of New Mexico Media Center Press Release

SAMHSA, through DEA, to Reimburse Costs of Student Field Trip Transportation to Drugs: Costs & Consequences Exhibition

New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science

November 26, 2018


(Albuquerque, New Mexico) -- The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Division (SAMHSA) of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration will reimburse transportation costs for student field trips to the upcoming exhibition Drugs: Costs & Consequences: Opening Eyes to the Damage Drugs Cause at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science. The exhibition will be available for tours beginning Jan. 26, 2019, and will continue through Fall of 2019.

“We want as many New Mexico middle & high school students as possible to see this eye-opening exhibition about the devastating costs of addiction in the hope that this experience will prevent future drug use, encourage drug users to seek help, and ultimately prevent future deaths from drug abuse,” said Margie Marino, Director of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science (NMMNHS). “As engaged community partners, we are presenting this exhibition to shed light on addiction and the heinous negative impacts on families and society as a cautionary tale to students.”

“The reimbursement costs will be applicable to  groups of students in the 4th grade and beyond,” Marino said.

As part of the exhibition contract, the Drug Enforcement Administration will contribute up to $40,000 in funds to reimburse transportation costs for student bus trips. Further, both the New Mexico Natural History Museum Foundation and the NMMNHS will consider subsidizing or waiving school tour fees when such fees pose a hardship,

Class trip reservations can be made at any time and reimbursement for transportation costs will be first-come, first serve until the funding is depleted. Contact Amanda Hauer at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science, (505) 841-2869, or email


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About the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science: Established in 1986, the mission of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science is to preserve and interpret the distinctive natural and scientific heritage of our state through extraordinary collections, research, exhibits, and programs designed to ignite a passion for lifelong learning. The NMMNHS offers exhibitions, programs and workshops in Geoscience, including Paleontology and Mineralogy, Bioscience and Space Science. It is the Southwest’s largest repository for fossils and includes a Planetarium and a large format 3D DynaTheater. A division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, the Museum is open seven days a week, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and new year’s day. 1801 Mountain Road NW, northeast of Historic Old Town Plaza, Albuquerque, NM 87104, (505) 841-2800.  Events, news releases and images about activities at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science and other divisions of the Department of Cultural Affairs can be accessed at

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